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Dec 6, 2011

Recycling programs are being implemented in offices and schools at an incredible rate due to increased resources available for both pick up and processing.  Awareness of potential cost benefits and positive environmental impact are being realized and therefore the initial program start-up costs are no longer frightening away the ‘green’ in people.  Indoor recycling container options are plentiful in the eco-friendly marketplace so choosing the best recycle bin to suit your needs requires proper research and education. 


A great starting point is giving preference to recycle bins that are made with recycled content, starting your green initiative off right! There are some other important things to consider when purchasing new indoor recycling & waste bins.  Providing an entire recycling & waste station to your participants is imperative.  Should you choose to only have a recycling container available, you are more apt to find trash within – thus contaminating your recyclables.  If you are starting a new program you may want to purchase an indoor sorting station that has interchangeable openings.  Purchasing an indoor recycling container with interchangeable openings gives your program the flexibility to evolve without encountering high recycling container replacement costs.  Openings that are color coded and appropriately shaped will help guide the user into placing their items in the correct streams. 


Another important feature of an effective recycling bin is proper signage.  Participants may require additional information as to which items are accepted within each opening.  Providing this education will not only increase your overall participation rates but also help to reduce contamination, thereby maintaining the value of your recyclables.  Some recycling containers will give you the flexibility to change out your custom signage to keep your message fresh or keep up with any changes to your stream collection.


Durability is another feature not to be overlooked.  While recycle containers will not last forever, there are certainly ones that will last longer than others.  Rotationally molded units will not rust or dent.  Many rotationally molded products are available in stone finishes which are not only aesthetically pleasing but will also hide any dirt or scratches caused from general wear and tear, therefore keeping up the overall pleasant appearance of your recycling program.


The other side of the process to consider is the emptying of the units.  Using lockable recycling & waste containers that are keyed alike will save time while keeping your valuable recyclables safe!  No longer will your custodial staff fumble with multiple keys to find that lucky one.  Front door access allows for a quick emptying process while avoiding unnecessary back strain caused by heavy lifting.  To additionally avoid awkward and potentially harmful container emptying, units should include liners with an easy handling capacity.


So before rushing out to purchase your recycling containers please take all of these pointers into consideration to increase your chances of having an effective and overall successful recycling program. It really is easy being green!

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Posted: Dec 6, 2011 5:40am
Nov 17, 2011

One of the biggest impediments to a successful recycling collection program in public areas is the overall look of the recycling program itself. If the recycling program gives the impression of being cluttered, messy or dirty, then the collection, sorting and diversion rates decrease. In other words, if your recycling collection program gives the impression of cleanliness and order, more people are likely to take it seriously and use it effectively.

It certainly sounds easy enough but what is the key element to help ensure a neat and tidy recycling collection program? The answer lies in your recycling bins. You will want to consider using recycling bins which are aesthetically pleasing and help ensure a clean sort. Recycling containers which are both decorative, pleasing and complement their surroundings can help set the tone for your recycling program. Luckily, as recycling programs are implemented in more and more municipalities and with recycling becoming a part of our everyday lives, there are now more choices in regard to recycling bins which complement any urban setting. Choosing recycle bins which look great in a park or public place can really enhance the appeal of your collection program.

There are now recycling containers available which can connect to compatible city benches as well as being able to connect together to form ‘recycling stations’. These recycling bins are made from high density plastic but look like concrete. They are durable, won’t dent, corrode or scuff and blend in nicely with city amenities. What a concept!

In regard to waste collection, you don’t have to be limited to old metal drums anymore. Those unsightly cans which are found in most urban spaces can now be converted into aesthetically-pleasing, multi-purpose collection bins with barrel toppers now on the market. By simply adding a barrel topper with the opening of your choice (recycling circle, waste square, paper slot to name a few), you can convert your existing metal drums into functional sorting bins for waste and recycling collection.

The world of recycling bins has certainly come a long way. By implementing some of the new recycling containers available, you can complement any surrounding and give your collection program a clean and organized look. It will go a long way to improving your sorting and collection rates, keeping you both clean and green.


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